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Gov Edwards Announces Phase 2 Plans For Reopening Louisiana

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PHASE 2 PLANS TO REOPEN - Bars, massage facilities, bowling alleys, recreational pools and tattoo shops will be able to open soon in most of Louisiana. Gov. John Bel Edwards on Monday announced a loosening of current restrictions related to the fight against the new coronavirus.

"I'm pleased to report that we are seeing signs of progress," Edwards said. "Louisiana is heading in the right direction but I have to caveat that by saying there's still a lot of Covid-19 in Louisiana. It's in every community across the state and so we wtill have work to do."

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Credit Courtesy: Louisiana Governors Office
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Courtesy: Louisiana Governors Office
Governor John Bel Edwards of Louisiana

The looser rules take effect Friday but won't apply in New Orleans, where officials have said they want more data before deciding when to further ease restrictions. Louisiana now has had more than 40,300 confirmed cases of the disease caused by the virus.  The state's death toll rose by only four Monday, to 2,690. More than 31,700 have recovered. Hospitalizations dropped to 661, after peaking at more than 2,100.

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Credit Courtesy: Louisiana.gov
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Courtesy: Louisiana.gov

Chuck Smith brings more than 30 years' broadcast and media experience to Red River Radio. He began his career as a radio news reporter and transitioned to television journalism and newsmagazine production. Chuck studied mass communications at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia and motion picture / television production at the University of California at Los Angeles. He has also taught writing for television at York Technical College in Rock Hill, South Carolina and video / film production at Centenary College of Louisiana, Shreveport.